Exceptional Education

Phone: 601-649-6391
Fax: 601-649-6398

Exceptional Education Director
Dr. Dorsetta Jordan – djordan@laurelschools.org

Assistant Director, Jones County Detention Center Case Manager, Child Find & 504 Coordinator

Administrative Assistant
Emily Sullivan – esullivan@laurelschools.org

Psychometrist, Gifted Services’ Coordinator, Eligibility Services Case Manager for Private Schools
Melody Hughes – mhughes@laurelschools.org

Pre-School & K-12th Grade Case Manager
Dr. Shannon Smith – shannonsmith@laurelschools.org

Behavior Specialist
Phaedra Bivins - pbivins@laurelschools.org


Mississippi Educational Scholarship

The Mississippi Educational Scholarship was enacted in 2015 and provides an opportunity for parents of children with disabilities to receive money to help defray the cost of private school tuition or other specific allowable expenses to educate their child. The ESA program was created by the Equal Opportunity for Students with Special Needs Miss. Code Ann. §§ 37-181-1 et. seq. The program is being administered by the Mississippi Department of Education, Office of Special Education. For more information on the ESA program, please visit MDE at https://www.mdek12.org/OSE/ESA.

Exceptional Education Office Request for Proposals (RFP) For Student and Staff Services

The Laurel School District’s Exceptional Education Office is accepting proposals for the 2021-2022 school year for the following services: Occupational Therapy services; Physical Therapy services; Psychological services; and Consultative services for students with disabilities and special education staff. The purpose of this RFP is to provide a fair evaluation for all candidates. The Laurel School District’s Exceptional Education Office will negotiate contract terms upon selection. All contracts are subject to review and applicable projects will be awarded upon the signing of an agreement or contract, which outlines terms, scope, budget and other necessary items. Interested parties should email proposals to Dr. Dorsetta Jordan, Exceptional Education Director at djordan@laurelschools.org or mail proposals to P.O. Box 288- Laurel, MS 39441 to the attention of Dr. Dorsetta Jordan. The deadline for submitting proposals will be June 22, 2021 by 3:00 p.m. For questions and/or concerns, please contact the Exceptional Education Office at 601-649-6391.